‘Faith, Hope and Love’ concert is Feb. 26

‘Faith, Hope and Love’ concert is Feb. 26The Maturango Museum concert series continues with concert performed by Amber (Farris) Petersen, mezzo-soprano, and Melanie McDonald, piano, on Friday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Coso Gallery.

Petersen and McDonald will perform musical selections from poetry in song in their concert, entitled “Faith, Hope and Love.” They will perform music composed by Lora Aborn, William Bolcom, Johannes Brahms, Ricki Ian Gordon, Robert Schuman and George Gershwin.

Mezzo-soprano Petersen is a native of Ridgecrest. She recently returned home and opened her private voice studio. She is also the conductor of the Cerro Coso Community College Choir and just stepped down from conducting the Singing Sands Chapter of Sweet Adelines, International.

Petersen has studied voice with Dr. Susan W. Kane for more than 10 years and is a graduate of California State University, Los Angeles, holding a bachelor of arts in music education and master of arts in music. She served as the mezzo-soprano soloist for St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church of San Marino for six years. Her operatic and musical theater roles include Maddalena in “Rigoletto,” Princi-pessa in “Suor Angelica,” Ruth in “Pirates of Penzance,” Arnalta in “Coronation of Poppea,” Sand Man in “Hansel and Gretel,” Juana in “Gigantes y Cabezudos,” Kate in “Kiss me Kate,” Evilene in “The Wiz” and The Voice in “The Medium.”

As an oratorio soloist, Petersen has performed Handel’s “The Messiah,” Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb” and Durafle’s “Requiem.”

McDonald, a piano teacher and accompanist in our community. accompanies the Cerro Coso Community College Choir and has accompanied various community and church events. She serves as treasurer of the High Desert Music Teachers Association.

Seats are abundant, but it is still best to purchase tickets early in the museum store or online at www.maturango.org.

The ticket price is $12 and $5 for children 12 years old and younger.

Pictured: Pianist Melanie McDonald and mezzo-soprano Amber Petersen will perform together on Friday, Feb. 25, at the Maturango Museum. -- Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2016-02-26